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Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2005

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Santa Rita HillsA dear friend who visited recently and tasted this wine after the 2005 Bien Nacido pinot noir was not impressed. He loved the Bien Nacidos friendliness, and thought this wine had less of everything--aroma and flavor. I was flabbergasted, because for me this is absolutely the best pinot noir we have ever made. However, wine is intriguing because it is all about personal perceptions--if you dont like apples, but love oranges, thats just the way it is. Here are my notes:Winemaker Rick Longoria does a great job farming this terrific site and generously allows us to purchase a small portion of his vineyard's production. Rick and I agree that there is only a moment in time when the character of the vineyard fully expresses itself. A couple of days too soon or too late and all is lost. In 2005 a combination of favorable weather and good timing made for my best Fe Ciega to date. While still a bit young to drink today, it has great style and minerality. There is a provocative animal character that lurks around the dark fruit scents of this wine, setting it apart from other vineyards. It is very subtle and just fascinating!

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The Ojai Vineyard:
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in ... Read more
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam & Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines. The key to producing special wine is in the care taken growing the grapes. There is an inverse relationship between quantity and quality when it comes to grapes, so rather than purchasing ours by the ton, we have long term agreements with our growers to buy the fruit by the acre. This lets us culture the vines and thin the crop to our strict specifications, yet allows the grower to receive a fair return. In the winery we like to watch the development of the wine carefully, yet prefer to do as little as possible. Experience has shown us that the least amount of moving, pumping, fining and filtering is always best. The ultimate objective is to show off the distinctive character of a vineyard site. Read less

Santa Rita HillsA dear friend who visited recently and tasted this wine after the 2005 Bien Nacido pinot noir was not impressed. He loved the Bien Nacidos friendliness, and thought this wine had less of everything--aroma and flavor. I was flabbergasted, because for me this is absolutely the best pinot noir we have ever made. However, wine is intriguing because it is all about personal perceptions--if you dont like apples, but love oranges, thats just the way it is. Here are my notes:Winemaker Rick Longoria does a great job farming this terrific site and generously allows us to purchase a small portion of his vineyard's production. Rick and I agree that there is only a moment in time when the character of the vineyard fully expresses itself. A couple of days too soon or too late and all is lost. In 2005 a combination of favorable weather and good timing made for my best Fe Ciega to date. While still a bit young to drink today, it has great style and minerality. There is a provocative animal character that lurks around the dark fruit scents of this wine, setting it apart from other vineyards. It is very subtle and just fascinating!

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